Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Wangaratta Contemporary Textile Award 2011 Invitation

(The winner is revealed in this post)

The Wangaratta Contemporary Textile Award opens this coming Saturday, June 4, from 11:00am. It will be followed by a textile forum with Valerie Kirk, Mandy Gunn and Anthony Camm presenting, then 4 of the exhibiting artists giving floor talks - Lucy Irvine, Ian McKinnon, Catherine O'Leary and Joy Smith. Details below. I'm heading down there for 2 nights, just for a weekend getaway. More details of other exhibitions in the Wangaratta Gallery here. I still haven't seen a list of artists in the exhibition, but I'll update after I've been down at the weekend.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Wangaratta Contemporary Textile Award 2011

(The winner is revealed in this post)

The Wangaratta Contemporary Textile Award exhibition is coming up, opening on June 4. Two of my works have been accepted for the show. I was also in the inaugural award exhibition two years ago (see this post). This first work is called Fence. It's woven with a galvanised steel wire warp, and a paper weft. The wire was then allowed to rust, staining the paper. The title came because the coils of woven wire reminded me of fences waiting to be rolled out across the landscape.

(Original images here.) Until recent rains and flooding, the dominant discourse about the countryside was the drought that had been causing hardship to farmers across the country. The rusted paper in Fence made me think of abandoned farms, rusted fences, and the brown, dusty soil of drought-affected farms.

(Image by Jason Edwards, available here.)

The other work accepted into the show is called Fences. It is a series of three works similar to Fence, but the paper used for the weft is hand made and includes human hair, plant material, pigments, and spices. The works were all made earlier this year. They are all about 15cm wide, with varying lengths. All are displayed coiled, but there is no set configuration for them.

Forgot to mention that all photos are by Adrian Cook.